Sony Pictures Classics have acquired all US rights to "Barney's Version" from producer Robert Lantos ("Eastern Promises," "Being Julia"). Directed by Richard J. Lewis and based upon Mordecai Richler's novel, the film is currently in competition at the Venice Film Festival and will screen at this year's Toronto Film Festival, which begins tomorrow.
The film stars Paul Giamatti and Minnie Driver, Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike, Rachelle Lefevre and Scott Speedman. In the fil, Barney Panofsky (Giamatti) is a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. Barney's candid confessional spans three decades and two continents, and includes three wives, one outrageous father and a dangerously dissolute best friend.
"Very rarely does a major novel come to life so completely and so richly on the screen as it does here with 'Barney's Version.' Featuring wonderful performances by Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike, and Minnie Driver, producer Robert Lantos more than fulfills his multi year dream of filming Mordecai Richler's masterpiece. We look forward to presenting the film to the American audience," said Sony Pictures Classics in a statement.
"Several years before starting production on 'Barney's Version,' I approached Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. I told them about my relationship with Mordecai Richler and about how important this project was for me and that I would not trust anyone other than Sony Classics to distribute it in America. I was determined to make 'Barney's Version' the beneficiary of their skill and experience. I am now delighted to place my film in their talented hands," said producer Robert Lantos in a statement.
The film was also announced as part of the Hamptons Film Festival earlier today.